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By Muriel Spark

Just like the may well of Teck membership itself—"three occasions window shattered seeing that 1940 yet by no means without delay hit"—its girl population do their top to behave as though the area have been again to general: practising elocution, and jostling over suitors and a unmarried Schiaparelli costume. The novel's harrowing finishing unearths that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding a few tragically painful struggle wounds.

Chosen by way of Anthony Burgess as the best smooth Novels within the Sunday Times of London, The ladies of narrow Means is a taut and eerily ideal novel through an writer The big apple Times has referred to as "one of this century's best creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

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By Helena Michie

Whereas Victorian tourism and Victorian sexuality were the topic of a lot serious curiosity, there was little learn on a generally nineteenth-century phenomenon in terms of either intercourse and trip: the honeymoon, or marriage ceremony trip. even though the time period 'honeymoon' was once coined within the eighteenth century, the ritual elevated in reputation during the Victorian interval, until eventually through the top of the century it turned a well-recognized accompaniment to the marriage for all however the poorest sessions. utilizing letters and diaries of sixty one real-life honeymooning undefined, in addition to novels from Frankenstein to Middlemarch that function honeymoon situations, Michie explores the cultural meanings of the honeymoon, arguing that, with its emphasis on privateness and displacement, the honeymoon was once important to rising beliefs of conjugality and to principles of the couple as a prime social unit.

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Download Hamlet (HarperPerennial Classics) by William Shakespeare PDF

By William Shakespeare

Whilst the king of Denmark without notice dies, his brother, Claudius, ascends the throne and marries the king’s widow, Gertrude, to solidify his reign. Prince Hamlet, sullen after his father’s passing and mother’s surprising remarriage, quickly learns the treacherous fact approximately his father’s dying, and swears to take his revenge at the guy responsible.

Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the best English-language author identified. drastically well known in the course of his existence, Shakespeare’s works proceed to resonate greater than 3 centuries after his demise, as has his effect on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s leading edge use of personality, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a origin for later playwrights and dramatists, and a few of his most famed strains of discussion became a part of daily speech.

HarperPerennial Classics brings nice works of literature to existence in electronic layout, upholding the top criteria in book construction and celebrating interpreting in all its types. search for extra titles within the HarperPerennial Classics assortment to construct your electronic library.

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By Robert Louis Stevenson

How skinny is the road among reliable and evil?

Dr Jekyll has been experimenting together with his id. He has built a drug which separates the 2 aspects of his nature and permits him sometimes to desert himself to his so much corrupt tendencies because the tremendous Mr Hyde.

But progressively he starts to discover that the adventure again to goodness turns into increasingly more tricky, and the danger that Mr Hyde will break away completely from Dr Jekyll's keep an eye on places all of London in grave peril.

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Download The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Made Easy) by William Shakespeare PDF

By William Shakespeare

The service provider of Venice is an fascinating drama of affection, greed and revenge. At its center, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a filthy rich younger lady besieged through suitors.

At the play's climax, Shylock insists binding agreement be enforced so one can fee the lifetime of the service provider Antonio. Pleading Antonio's case ahead of the Duke of Venice, Portia shrewdly defeats Shylock's evil goal.

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By William Boyd

"Rich in personality and incident, An Ice-Cream War fulfills the ambition of the ancient novel at its best."
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Booker Prize Finalist

"Boyd has greater than fulfilled the intense promise of [his] first novel. . . . he's able not just of a few very humorous satire but additionally of seriousness and compassion." —Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

1914. In a resort room in German East Africa, American farmer Walter Smith desires of Theodore Roosevelt. As he sleeps, a railway passenger swats at flies, regretting her selection to come to the darkish Continent—and to her husband. On a far off English riverbank, a jealous Felix Cobb watches his brother swim, and curses his sister-in-law-to-be. And within the historical past of the world's day-by-day chatter: rumors of an Anglo-German clash, the likes of which nobody has ever seen.

In An Ice-Cream War, William Boyd brilliantly conjures up the non-public dramas of a new release upswept by way of the winds of battle. After his German neighbor burns his crops—with an apology and a smile—Walter Smith takes up fingers on behalf of significant Britain. And while Felix's brother marches off to safeguard British East Africa, he pursues, opposed to his higher judgment, a forbidden love affair. because the sons of the realm fit wits and guns on a continent hundreds of thousands of miles from domestic, desperation makes bedfellows of enemies and traitors of family and friends. by means of turns comedian and quietly clever, An Ice-Cream War deftly renders lives capsized by means of violence, likelihood, and the irrepressible human ability for love.

"Funny, guaranteed, and cleanly, expansively informed, a seriocomic romp. Boyd supplies us experiences of individuals stuck within the facet wallet of calamity and dramatizes their plights with humor, aspect and grit." —Harper's

"Boyd has crafted a quiet, seamless prose within which tale and characters movement easily out of a fertile mind's eye. . . . The reader emerges deeply moved." —Newsday

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By Jane Austen

Emma, first released in 1816, was once written whilst Jane Austen used to be on the peak of her powers.

In a singular impressive for its glowing wit and modernity, Austen provides readers with of literature’s maximum comedian creations—the eccentric Mr. Woodhouse and that imperative bore, omit Bates. right here, too, we have now what could be Jane Austen’s so much profound characterization: the witty, imaginitive, self-deluded Emma, a heroine the writer declared “no one yet myself will a lot like,” yet who has been a lot enjoyed by means of generations of readers.

Delightfully humorous, jam-packed with wealthy irony, Emma is thought of as certainly one of Jane Austen’s most interesting achievements.

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By Virginia Woolf

No matter what hour you woke there has been a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting the following, establishing there, making sure—a ghostly couple. Stooping, protecting their silver lamp above us, lengthy they appear and deeply. lengthy they pause. The wind drives straightly; the flame stoops a little bit. Wild beams of moonlight go either flooring and wall, and, assembly, stain the faces bent; the faces brooding about; the faces that seek the sleepers and search their hidden pleasure.

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Download Sense and Sensibility (Oxford World's Classics) by Jane Austen PDF

By Jane Austen

Contributor note: With an advent by way of Margaret Anne Doody. Notes via Claire Lamont
Publish yr note: First released in 1811

• certainly one of Austen's 5 significant novels in a revised and up-to-date edition.
• the traditional Chapman/Kinsley textual content in a newly set typeface provides a extra beautiful appearance.
• the recent notes are fuller and supply extra beneficiant contextualization of social conduct and Austen's language.
• New chronology and bibliography supply up to date assets for additional reading.
• New appendices on social rank and dancing.
• keeps Margaret Doody's nonetheless severely applauded introduction.

New to this edition
• thoroughly rewritten and improved notes.
• New and multiplied chronology.
• New, up-to-date and increased bibliography.
• New appendices on social rank and dancing.

"Pray, pray be composed," cried Elinor, "and don't betray what you are feeling to each physique current. maybe he has now not saw you yet."

For Elinor Dashwood, brilliant and delicate, and her romantic, impetuous more youthful sister Marianne, the possibility of marrying the lads they love seems distant. In a global governed through funds and self-interest, the Dashwood sisters have neither fortune nor connections. involved for others and for social proprieties, Elinor is ill-equipped to compete with self-centred fortune-hunters like Lucy Steele, while Marianne's loyal trust within the fact of her personal emotions makes her extra dangerously vulnerable to the designs of unscrupulous men.

Through her heroines' parallel studies of affection, loss, and wish, Jane Austen deals a strong research of the ways that women's lives have been formed via the claustrophobic society within which that they had to outlive.

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